Constitutional Principles

Edward Snowden Wins ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’


Edward Snowden may never set foot on American soil again. But he still has something to be excited about these days.

According to Reuters, the former NSA contractor has won Sweden’s Right Livelihood Honorary Award for his work on press freedom. The award, which was established in 1980, honors and supports people “offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.” It is often referred to as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.’

As noted in the report, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation said Snowden was granted the award “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights.”

But the award isn’t the only thing the foundation has offered Snowden. According to the report, it also said it would fund legal support for the whistleblower.

Meanwhile, this is just the latest positive news for Snowden.

He won a Sam Adams Award in 2013. You may recall that Chelsea Manning won that award this year.

And while he hasn’t been granted political asylum in Russia, which would allow him to stay there permanently, he has been granted residency. Russia recently granted him a three-year residency. His lawyer didn’t say whether he is seeking asylum or not.

What do you think? Does this award help Snowden’s cause? How much could the legal support the foundation is offering to fund help him?

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